Two-time Grammy-winning songwriter and eight-time IBMA Award Winner Becky Buller and her band will kick off the Arts Council Summer Parks Concert Series at 6 p.m. May 17 at Triad Park, 9652 W. Market St., Kernersville. Gates open at 5.
The Grassifieds, a Walkertown-based bluegrass band, will open for Buller. The Summer Parks Concert Series is a collaboration between Forsyth County and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Blue Ridge Music Center is the presenting partner for this concert.
“We wanted to make this kick-off concert a real crowd-pleaser,” said Randy Eaddy, president and chief executive of the Arts Council. “I think we ensured that when Becky Buller signed on. Becky was the first female to win the IBMA’s Fiddle Player of the Year award and was also the first IBMA artist to win in both instrumental and vocal categories. She can go from singing ballads that will put tears in your eyes, to fiddling that will have you on your feet before she hits that final note.”
This will be the fourth year for the Summer Parks Concert Series. David Plyler, chair of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, said, “It really pleases all of us on the board to see so many people taking advantage of the free summer concerts at Triad and Tanglewood parks and enjoying other amenities in our parks such as walking trails, picnic shelters, and tennis courts throughout the year.
“The concerts are a true public/private partnership made possible by Forsyth County, the nonprofit Arts Council and private sector businesses. That’s how we work together to make good things happen in Forsyth County.”
Picnicking is permitted, and concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Food trucks will be on site and refreshments such as soda, water, beer and wine will be for sale, with all proceeds supporting the Arts Council. No outside alcohol is permitted.
Art Nouveau Winston-Salem, a community of young people affiliated with the Arts Council and committed to supporting the future of arts and artists in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, will provide family-friendly activities at each concert.
The other Summer Parks Concert Series performers will be:
June 14: The Plaids,
June 30: North Carolina Brass Band,
July 28: The Embers,
Aug. 25: Charlie.
Admission and parking are free.